for show


: intended to be seen but not used or bought
We're not supposed to eat the fruit on the table. It's just for show.
disapproving : done in order to gain the approval or favor of others
He says he enjoys classical music, but it's only for show.

Examples of for show in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The irony is that the very moment the danger becomes real for Jack — when his seemingly harmless trifling with the darkness stops being just for show — is also the fakest moment of the film, a mere parlor trick itself. A.a. Dowd, Vulture, 19 Apr. 2024 In the cold open of the sixth episode, a student in Melissa’s (Lisa Ann Walter) class brings the star to the school for show and tell after spotting him buying a hoagie across the street. Clayton Davis, Variety, 13 May 2024 Venue officials are encouraging fans to plan accordingly for show nights, including early travel and carpooling. Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2024 While there can be some sincere outrage over Trump’s callous flip-flop in an election year, most of the feigned shock is for show. Philip Elliott, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 Everything 4Chan did was ultimately for show, and its representatives who appear in the movie, like the placid hippie Fuxnet or the angry Kitaner, have some regrets but aren’t exactly fountains of self-awareness. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 6 Apr. 2024 For years, the volume — a 19th-century French treatise on the human soul — was brought out for show and tell, and sometimes, according to library lore, used to haze new employees. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 In the scene, a student in Melissa’s (Lisa Ann Walter) class brings Cooper to campus for show and tell. Selome Hailu, Variety, 11 Mar. 2024 Although the big displays were for show and not interactive, several tables allowed kids to get creative with their own Lego structures. Beth Lipoff, Kansas City Star, 6 Mar. 2024

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“For show.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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